The Essential Steps to Becoming Agile
Identify and Remove Bottlenecks.
The simplest and most effective way to increase agility in your software development and throughout your entire company is to invest time and resources in identifying where bottlenecks exist that impact your ability to be quick to market—and pinpointing the causes of these bottlenecks. Then you should move as swiftly as possible to address the issues that create them.
Align Goals Across Organizations.
To remove bottlenecks, you will have to ensure that business goals are aligned across technology and line-of-business organizations. Momentum in the software factory can only be maintained if every group agrees, in the clearest possible terms, on what the larger organization is trying to achieve. If one group is not on the same page as the rest, slowdowns will be inevitable.
Practice Agility Throughout the Enterprise.
While agile is most commonly associated with software development, it is most effective when practiced throughout the technology organization—through testing and operations. Ideally, it should be applied across the entire enterprise, into areas like product development and marketing. A software factory functions most effectively when the entire organization has agility built into its DNA.